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Spring clean your profile

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Spring clean your profile

Spring is almost upon us! Seasonally, this marks the time for a national spring clean! Whether it’s clearing out your old cupboards, rearranging your wardrobe or tackling those basement dust bunnies, it’s the perfect opportunity to start afresh. This extends to digital renewals too. Why not revamp your Checkatrade profile to give it a spring...

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Caesar at home Checkatrade ad

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Checkatrade launches new advertising campaign

We have created a brand new campaign to persuade consumers that recommendations from friends and family isn’t always the most reliable way to find a quality tradesperson. We wanted to bring this to life in a really humorous and engaging way. We’re proud to introduce betrayed emperor and massive Checkatrade fan, Julius Caesar! When you’re...

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Trade relationship management

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How to build great customer relationships

Building great customer relationships is step one for winning work, growing your reputation and marketing your business. Alongside an interview with long-standing Checkatrade member and expert painter and decorator Wayne de Wet, we’ve put together some of our top tips to help you nurture your customer relationships and reap the rewards. It all starts with...

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tradespeople building their skills

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During quiet periods: How best to plan and use your time effectively

Knowing how to plan and use your time effectively is an important skill. Not all trade types are busy all year round. Some jobs are seasonal, such as boiler repairs, tree surgery and landscape gardening. Health and safety concerns can also stop some tradespeople from working, especially when outside or on-site. For example, adverse weather...

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Managing time and workload

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Helping you to manage your time and workload

It’s great to see you’re busy with work and starting off the year right, but are you managing to stay on top of the day to day administrative tasks too? Did you know there are apps out there that can make your life easier? They’re especially useful for busier trades such as plumbing, gas engineering,...

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new business starters at Checkatrade

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How South Garden Fencing became a successful start-up during COVID-19

When we hear about ‘COVID-19 business success,’ we immediately think of companies who have managed to capitalise on the new way of living and working in a pandemic. For example, those in the technology, food delivery and medical/health industries. For customer-facing roles, this sort of success might seem impossible. Surely with lockdown measures in place...

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The Job Support Scheme

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Newly announced Job Support Schemes

Given all the recent tweaks to government support for workers affected by COVID19 and by the current lockdown, Fiona Holloway, Associate Partner at Claritas Tax, reviews the most recent changes, and finds out where we are now. You could be forgiven for thinking that you are on some kind of strange job support scheme roundabout....

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permitted development

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Permitted development rights: Expert insight on the 2020 rule changes

Understanding permitted development rights shouldn’t be a headache. However, when homeowners start to look into what they can and can’t do to their own homes without planning permission, things start to get confusing. That’s why, with new rules coming into effect during September 2020, we’re going to focus on what’s changed and what it means...

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Top tips for best working practice

In an increasingly globalised and digital world, your online presence matters. The term ‘best working practice’ relates to how well you run your business. For that reason, to become the best tradesperson you can be, you need a strategy that transforms how you do business and communicate with your customers. Homeowners look for tradespeople who:...

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Green Homes Grant cost

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Green homes grant: Everything you need to know as a tradesperson

Brief overview of the green homes grant As eco-friendly alternatives gain popularity and the need to reduce our carbon footprint increases, the Government has introduced a green homes grant for households who want to become more energy efficient. In the UK alone, heating our homes makes up almost a fifth of our greenhouse gas emissions....

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trade account invoice paid

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How do you deal with late payments and unpaid invoices?

One of the most uncomfortable parts of being self-employed is dealing with customers and clients that fail to pay you on time. On one hand, you need to make sure you get paid promptly for your work, but on the other, you want to keep things civil and not antagonise a client who may want...

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New trade start up: Everything you need to know about setting up a business

As a start up, navigating the world of business is a daunting task. In the trade sector, standing out from the crowd is a matter of risk assessing, forward planning and laying the groundwork for success. ‘How to start up a business?’ is something every budding entrepreneur types into a search engine at least once....

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